Middle East facing power black-outs

A gap between the growth in power generation and energy consumption could cause unplanned blackouts at industrial sites an industry expert has predicted.

A gap between the growth in power generation and energy consumption could cause unplanned blackouts at industrial sites an industry expert has predicted.

Speaking at the Dubai Green Building Conference co-hosted by the American University in Dubai and Sesam Business Consultants, Vicente Raurich, group business development, Siemens Building Technologies, reported: “As the accelerating economic growth in the GCC countries outperforms the considerable efforts undertaken to expand the power generation and distribution capacity, it is clear that power shortages will become a major problem in the future.

“The utility providers may schedule a black-out of two to three hours per week for big consumers like industrial clients, hotels, universities or entire residential blocks,� he predicted. “How often this will occur depends on the gap in demand and supply, and will change throughout the seasons.�

Raurich predicted that due to the large business growth in the Middle East, power consumption will rise by 50%, while power generation is only expected to increase by 30% in comparison.

Raurich stressed that installing features such as heating, ventilation and air conditioning (hvac) control, low voltage systems and building management systems into properties will provide long-term energy savings and user benefits. “The time will come when utility providers will give advantages to customers with energy saving measures installed,� he stated.

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